Across the Antarctic Circle Fly/Sail

Across the Antarctic Circle Fly/Sail 14 days

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February Only | 13 nights

Across the Antarctic Circle Fly/Sail 14 days

Aboard: Sylvia Earle

Join this exciting expedition to the heart of the Antarctic Peninsula, with the added bonus of a crossing of the Polar Circle (subject to conditions). On this exciting voyage you will discover the pristine wilderness of Antarctica where towering icebergs, bountiful wildlife and thrilling adventures combine to create an unforgettable journey. Spend time on deck looking for wildlife as you sail through the scenic channels, enjoy Zodiac excursions and a wealth of optional activities, visit historic sites, step foot on the most spectacular continent on Earth and enjoy the exhilaration of crossing the Antarctic Circle. This excellent itinerary avoids one crossing of the Drake Passage as you fly from Punta Arenas on a special flight to King George Island in Antarctica, and return to South America by sea to Ushuaia in Argentina.

Various departures available, including a reverse 13 day itinerary. Please enquire for full dates and rates.

Highlights

  • Attempt to cross the geographical milestone of the Antarctic Circle!
  • Fly across the Drake Passage
  • Spectacular Antarctic scenery
  • Amazing wildlife including penguins, birds and whales
  • Adventure options including kayaking, Scuba diving and snorkelling (costs apply)
  • Zodiac amongst sculpted icebergs
  • Visit historical and scientific sites
  • Resident photography guide

What's Included

  • Full board accommodation on board ship with daily breakfast, lunch and dinner, afternoon tea and snacks
  • Wines, beers and soft drinks with dinner
  • 1 night accommodation in Punta Arenas pre-voyage, with breakfast included
  • Charter flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island in Antarctica
  • Transfers from ship & luggage transfer to ship
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell drinks including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages
  • Zodiac landings and excursions
  • Programme of expert lectures
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • Complimentary 3-in-1 polar jacket

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All our itinerary holidays are fully customisable

Punta Arenas, Chile
1Day

Punta Arenas, Chile

Your journey begins in Punta Arenas in Chile. Arrive independently and transfer to the hotel for your included overnight stay. Enjoy time seeing the sights of the city, before enjoying a good night’s sleep in preparation for the adventures ahead.



Punta Arenas to King George Island
2Day

Punta Arenas to King George Island

In the morning you will transfer to the airport for your charter flight to King George Island in Antarctica. Flying over the Drake Passage is momentous feeling as you watch civilisation disappear below you and anticipate landing in the white continent. Upon arrival at King George Island there may be time to explore the penguin and seal-rich waters of Fildes Bay and visit the surprising Trinity Church at Bellingshausen Station, before boarding your ship and settling in to your comfortable surroundings.

Antarctic Peninsula & Crossing the Circle
3 - 11Days

Antarctic Peninsula & Crossing the Circle

As you awake on day 3 the sight that awaits this morning is the stunning Antarctic Peninsula. A land of superlatives, Antarctica’s vast proportions are a sight to behold. Enjoy twice daily Zodiac excursions to explore penguin rookeries, visit historic sites and scientific stations, get up close to the masses of elaborate icebergs, and attempt the incomparable feat of crossing the Antarctic Circle. Watch seals basking on the ice floes, join an excursion in search of orca sightings, and enjoy the exhilaration of stepping foot on the white continent. As with all polar expeditions, your exact itinerary in Antarctica will be dictated by weather and wildlife sighting opportunities so be prepared for the unexpected. Making the most of every moment, your captain will choose the best course each day for wildlife viewings and adventures, with a new experience guaranteed each day.

Some of the fantastic landing sites we expect to visit throughout your time in Antarctica may include the beautiful protected bay of Paradise Harbour where you can enjoy an exciting Zodiac cruise in search of whales including humpbacks, minkes and orcas, seals and various bird species including terns, gulls and blue-eyed shags.

Other areas along the Peninsula we hope to visit include the Hydrurga Rocks where you can search for observations of Weddell seals, leopard seals and chinstrap penguins, Neko Harbour where dramatic scenery of towering peaks and calving glaciers plays host to a large colony of gentoo penguins and more Weddell seals, and the important scientific research spot of Port Lockroy where we can learn all about Antarctica’s history and where you can send a postcard from the world’s most southern Post Office! Other possible landing sites include the Petermann and Pleneau Islands, Cuverville Island, Danco Island and the Melchior Islands.

Having reached the most westerly point of the Peninsula, your ship will sail through the exceptionally scenic Lemaire Channel, where time in the observation lounge or on deck will reward in incredible views of the surrounding towering cliffs and majestic icebergs reflecting off the silky still water surfaces. Pushing further south the goal will be to reach and cross the Antarctic Circle, and as we raise a glass of sparkling wine to celebrate this remarkable feat, you can enjoy a moment of reflection at the magnitude of being one of the world’s few fortunate travellers to have ever ventured this far south! After a brief exploration below the circle it will be time to turn the ship around and head back north along the Peninsula again.

Throughout your time in Antarctica we will have approximately 18-20 hours of daylight in which to enjoy exploration on land and by sea, with your expert expedition team and resident photography coach accompanying you throughout. For the more adventurous there should be ample opportunities for kayaking, Polar plunges and snorkelling excursions. Please note, kayaking and snorkelling incur an additional cost and should be booked in advance.

At Sea - Drake Passage
12 - 13Days

At Sea - Drake Passage

After your thrilling exploration of Antarctica it’s time to head back towards South America as your ship sails north through the famous Drake Passage. Keep an eye out in one of the many observation areas for the seabirds, including albatross, which follow the ship, and the last iceberg sightings. Enjoy informative lectures on the wildlife, history and geology of the areas you have discovered and enjoy sharing tales and photos with your fellow shipmates. Enjoy a fantastic farewell dinner on your last night onboard.

Ushuaia, Argentina
14Day

Ushuaia, Argentina

On the morning of day 14 you will awake to your ship gently cruising along the Beagle Channel into Ushuaia. After breakfast it will be time to say goodbye as you disembark and transfer to the airport or to a downtown location should you wish to extend your time in Ushuaia.

A view from Above

All Aboard

Sylvia Earle
Luxury vessel

Sylvia Earle

Setting sail for her maiden voyage in December 2022, this outstanding purpose-built expedition vessel honours the long-standing conservation efforts of the highly accomplished marine biologist, oceanographer and explorer, Sylvia Earle. Capable of negotiating the strongest winds and waves, the vessel has been built to world-class polar standards and utilises the ground-breaking ULSTEIN X-BOW technology which allows for faster, more comfortable travel, improved safety, reduced emissions and lower fuel consumption. The vessel boasts one of the lowest polluting marine engines in the world and also utilises virtual anchoring to protect the sea floor.

In terms of safety, the ship will feature industry-leading safety technology that exceeds the requirements for a ship of this size and will also feature world class return-to-port equipment and a fully-stocked medical clinic.

In terms of comfort onboard, the Sylvia Earle will be hard to beat. The vessel features a distinctive Glass Atrium Lounge at the bow of the ship with a stunning panoramic view on both port and starboard side, a swimming pool and jacuzzi where you can admire impressive scenery while watching the world go by. A gym, sauna and wellness centre add to the luxury touches onboard and there are various places to relax after a long day of adventures including a beautiful library and a number of bars, lounges and observation areas. Delicious meals will be served in the elegant dining room and presentations will be provided in the state-of-the-art lecture theatre.

With capacity for 132 passengers, the ship has 74 elegantly designed staterooms with en-suite bathrooms, ranging from porthole to balcony categories. Each cabin features stylish design, a flat screen TV, large comfortable beds, windows or balconies and closet spaces.

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Now that I am back from my odyssey voyage, I thought I would let you know that after all that planning it really did exceed my expectations – we managed landings everywhere even on Tristan da Cuhna and had great bird sightings. The guides all knew what they were talking about too and made sure I got some great photos – still sorting them all out! Thanks for everything and see you at Birdfair!

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